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1. What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

2. Why should I choose the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

3. Is the Chi Institute recognized by academic authorities?

4. Do I have to be a veterinarian to take classes at the Chi Institute?

5. How far in advance do I have to register for Chi classes?

6. Which Chi programs are offered online and how do they work?

7. Where are on-site courses held?

8. What certifications are offered by the Chi Institute and what are the certification requirements?

9. Will studying TCVM negate or interfere with my Western veterinary training?

10. How do I go about introducing acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other TCVM modalities into my clinical practice?

11. Can you recommend a place for me to purchase acupuncture equipment and herbal supplies?

 


 

1. What is Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a comprehensive medical system that originated in ancient China and has evolved over two millenia.  It consists of four "branches" or treatment modalities: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui-na. You can find an in-depth explanation of TCVM here.

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2. Why should I choose the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine?

The Chi Institute is a leading veterinary continuing education (C.E) provider of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. We are dedicated to fostering and supporting active and competent TCVM practitioners who are well-versed in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other TCVM modalities. Some features that make us unique are listed below:

  • All Chi courses are led by master TCVM practitioner and Chi Institute founder Dr. Huisheng Xie, who has over 25 years of TCVM teaching experience.  We also have a world-class faculty, composed of the best and brightest in the field.
  • Class sizes are limited to allow for a more intimate learning environment, and more hands-on experience in wet labs.
  • The TA to student maximum ratio for our Acupuncture Program is 1:6, allowing for small wet lab groups in which students learn acupuncture points and techniques on live animals.
  • All students receive free case consultations with Dr. Xie and other TCVM practitioners.
  • Our alumni services include a free lifetime listing in our TCVM directory, a free membership to AATCVM through the end of the year, a free hard-copy subscription to our TCVM newsletter, and more.
  • We not only offer courses in acupuncture through our Basic Acupuncture Program, but also courses in every branch of TCVM through our Advanced Programs, and our Annual International TCVM Conference.
  • We offer certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Veteinary Food Therapy and Tui-na.
  • We offer a balanced learning environment.  Students start each morning with Qi-gong and Tai-ji meditation exercises and receive complimentary lunches and healthy snacks throughout the day.

 

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3. Is the Chi Institute recognized by academic authorities?

Yes. All TCVM programs are approved for CE units by most states.

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4. Do I have to be a veterinarian to take classes offered by the Chi Institute?

For the most part, yes. Our courses and programs are offered to licensed veterinarians and junior or senior vet school students only. The only exception is our TCVM for Veterinary Technicians course, which is offered to all practicing vet techs.

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5. How far in advance do I have to register for Chi courses?

The deadline for registration and payment for all courses and sessions is typically 1-2 months before the course start date (please see specific  program pages for more detailed information).  That being said, we encourage all students to register for courses as early as possible as seats fill up quickly, particularly in our acupuncture programs.

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6. Which Chi programs are offered online and how do they work?

Currently, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture are available as 100% online courses (Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy are also offered on-site).  Our Basic Acupuncture, Advanced TCVM Diagnostics and Acupuncture, and TCVM for Vet Techs courses combine online and on-site lectures and labs.  We strive to present our online course material with the same care and quality that characterizes our on-site classes, with the added convenience of the internet.

After registering for an online course, students are given 24-hour access to recorded lectures and labs which they can watch (and re-watch) at their own pace.  Notes and other course materials will also be sent via snail mail.  Each course is unique, so please browse the program pages for more detailed information about specific online courses.

Click here to view examples of online lectures and lab demos.

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7. Where are on-site courses held?

On-site classes are held at the main Chi Campus in Reddick, Florida.  Please check out our campus photo tour, and click here for information on directions, lodging, and accommodations.

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8. What certifications are offered by the Chi Institute and what are the certification requirements?

The Chi Institute offers certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na.  For a full list of certifications and certification requirements, please click here.

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9. Will studying TCVM negate or interfere with my Western veterinary training?

Absolutely not.  In fact, TCVM will enhance your Western veterinary practice.  Both TCVM and Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM) have unique strengths, and you will become acquainted with the pros and cons of each as you continue through your TCVM training.  This knowledge will allow you to be more confident in which approach, or combination of approaches is most suitable for each of your clinical cases.  Most of our students find that integrating TCVM with WVM gives them the widest range of diagnostic tools and treatment options and leads to the best clinical results.

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10. How do I go about introducing Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and other TCVM modalities into my clinical practice?

Like any art or trade, practice is key!  Crucial to your success as a TCVM practitioner is translating what you learn in the classroom to cases in the real world.  Thus, we encourage our students to apply course material to their clinical practice as they are learning.  You will find that the more you integrate TCVM tools and methods to your practice, the more you will want to continue to do so as you see clinical results where none were possible before.  You stand before a wide vista of possibility, and with frequent practice, you will become a confident and successful TCVM practitioner. 

Remember that you will be supported every step of the way.  Our courses include enough hands-on labs and demonstrations for you to feel comfortable approaching real cases.  You will have access to free case consultations with established TCVM practitioners, and you will also learn from your peers by sharing case studies and success stories with other students in class and in our online chat groups.

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11. Can you recommend a place for me to purchase acupuncture equipment and herbal supplies?

Dr. Xie's Jing Tang Herbal has a complete stock of everything you will need for your TCVM practice - from needles, electro-acupuncture machines, to books, herbs, massage tables, visual aids, acupoint charts and more - we've got you covered. Please visit www.tcvmherbal.com or call 1-800-891-1986 to place your order.

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